I understand having the pool noodles in the hole to keep people from reaching down in the cup to get their ball out and keeping us safe. We have them at my club and most places I play here in Houston.
However, the downside to having pool noodles in the hole…..
I have had 5 hole-in-ones in my life. With the pool noodles now in the hole, I have had 2 balls hit in the hole and bounce out in a one month timeframe. 3 witnesses each time have said in all probability would have been a hole-in-one if the pool noodles were not in the hole. But, did not count as hole-in-one since ball did not stay in the hole. Frustrating…yes it is…could have been #6 and #7.